We invited Jenna and her family over for dinner, on a warm first Friday of May. It's already breaking into triple digits temperatures down here in Arizona and we are bracing ourselves for a long, hot summer. We knew we wanted to make homemade pizza's, but there was no way in H. E. DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS I was going to be turning on my oven. Grilled pizza's it was, and what a yummy, fun meal it turned out to be. We even let the kids roll out their own pizza and add the toppings of their choice, which was a big hit in their books.
1 package of pre-made dough (feel free to be adventurous here and make your own. In the interest of time, I bought pre-made from my local grocery store)
1 can of basic tomato basil pasta sauce- add in additional seasonings of choice (thyme, oregano, rosemary, ground red pepper, garlic powder to taste)
1 cup of finely chopped red onion, caramelized
1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved
1 package of sweet italian sausage, browned
1 pear, finely sliced and halved
1/2 cup of crumbled goat cheese
1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
Small amount of oil to brush on grill and dough before grilling
1. Finely dice red onion, sauté with oil until caramelized.
2. Brown sausage and prepare additional ingredients (sauce, tomatoes, pears).
2. Take room temperature (will not stretch if too cold) dough and begin to stretch/roll out. Use flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to your surface. Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes to fully settle before transferring.
3. Heat grill to 450degrees. Brush grill grates and pizza dough with a coat of oil. Carefully place pizza dough over direct heat of the grill, closing the lid, for approximately 2-3 minutes. When top of dough begins to bubble, remove from grill to top.
4. Add ingredients to grilled side of dough. Do not over add sauce or ingredients, or your pizza will become soggy, and nobody likes a soggy pizza.
5. Place back onto grill, closing lid and allowing cheese to melt and bottom to grill, approximately another 2-3 minutes. (goat cheese does not give the same "melted" appearance as other shredded cheeses, just look for it to soften.)
6. Take off the grill, slice and enjoy!